The Riva Del Garda Bike Festival is a hotbed of the weird and wonderful. The major European brands may have been stealing the spotlight recently, but there are scores of smaller brands working away in the background. Here are fourteen brands and bikes you've probably never seen.
You may be familiar with the Bianchi brand and their road racing heritage but they also have a line of mountain bikes too.AirstreeemCorratec
This Corratec uses a 'shock for the shock.' Their engineer explained that suspension in general struggles to react to very high-frequency bumps, so they added this elastomer to help. The frame has 160mm of travel and the extra shock gives another 15mm of travel that works throughout the range to help with vibration damping.Conway WME 827
Conway's WME can switch between 160 and 170mm of travel with a shock that is driven from both ends.Stevens
Stevens' 140mm travel Whaka+ ES retails for €3459.SimplonDrossiger
Drossinger's 29er has 160mm of rear travel. The cutaway that makes space for the shock's piggy-back reservoir has been dubbed 'the ashtray.' Rose's Prototype Granite Chief
This is a prototype version of Rose's Granite Chief but is very close to what the 2017 finished product will look like. There are a number of changes over the previous model including Boost hubs, improved internal cable routing, and longer lower and slacker geometry. It's also one of the first bikes we have seen specced with the new metric shock standard. Centurion Trailbanger
Centurion win the best bike name competition for 2016.Alutech ICB 2.0
The ICB was crowd-designed by the readers of the fellows over at www.mtb-news.de. Alutech asked the forum-goers what they wanted and the result was 130mm of travel via single pivot with a linkage driven shock, 66.5º head angle, a wide range of sizes and plenty of attention to the details.Votec
Votec's new VE Elite bike uses a flip chip to switch between 160mm or 170mm and two ride heights for each travel setting. In the low setting the head angle is 64.3º with the 180mm travel Lyrik. This model is available direct from their website for €3099. Ghost
Ghosts new PathRiot chassis builds on their smaller 130mm travel Riot frame. The 150mm of coil-sprung rear travel is mixed with a 170mm fork and a 66.5º head angle.Salsa
It's not European but new nonetheless. Salsa's Redpoint has 150mm of travel using a Dave Weagle Split-Link suspension system.RDR Italia
Want Italian craftmanship? Want carbon? RDR may be the answer, all their carbon products are made in Italy including the wheels. This bike pictured will set you back €11000.